READ : Matthew 5:13-16
You are the salt of the earth. (v. 13)
The book chosen for our book club bore the title Salt. I thought there must be some mistake. What can be so interesting about salt? Over the next few weeks of reading I was about to find out. Salt processing goes back about 6,000 years. Salt was prized by the ancient Hebrews, the Greeks, the Romans, the Hittites, and the Egyptians. The scarcity and universal need for salt caused nations to go to war over it. At one point in history salt was of greater value as a commodity than platinum. I could imgine the author saying, “So there!”
When Jesus calls us salt it says something about the high value he places on us and our penetration of society. Salt preserves what is valuable and adds flavor. The metaphor speaks to our calling in the surrounding culture with its ever-changing, ever the same, boring decay and corruption.
When you sprinkle salt on your food you expect to taste a difference. Jesus expects us to make a difference in the world. We pray, “thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” Daily we must put hands and feet to that prayer. When we lose the tang of living out the gospel, the world suffers further spiritual decay. It’s so easy to complain about how things are getting worse. Yet instead of faulting the world we would do better to check whether we might have lost our Christian edge.
Lord, help me to make a difference without calling attention to myself.